I do not take cases such as the son of Representative Jim Moran, Patrick Moran, advising on what to do to commit voter fraud, or the former chief of staff of Rep Joe Garcia, Jerry Garcia, who is going to prison for a ballot scheme to make statements about all Democrats wanting to commit voter fraud.
60% of Democrats, according to a poll by Washington post support Voter ID, so support for voter ID is not isolated to Republicans.
Reports of voter fraud have been noted by liberals and conservatives, it’s existence is not myth. Liberal Justice John Stevens noted in the opinion on the voter ID law in Indiana, which was upheld
It remains true, however, that flagrant examples of such fraud in other parts of the country have been documented throughout this Nation’s history by respected historians and journalists,11 that occasional examples have surfaced in recent years, 12 and that Indiana’s own experience with fraudulent voting in the 2003 Democratic primary for East Chicago Mayor 13—though perpetrated using absentee ballots and not in-person fraud—demonstrate that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election.
Study by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and University of Delaware analyzed data from 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006 elections. At both individual and aggregate levels, they found that voter ID laws do not affect turnout across ethnic / racial or socio-economic lines. Study said, ‘concerns about voter identification laws affecting turnout are much ado about nothing’
Jeffrey Milyo, professor of economics and public affairs at the University of Missouri and the Hanna Family Scholar in the Center for Applied Economics at the University of Kansas, notes that overall voter turnout in Indiana actually increased after the implementation of photo ID. His study evaluated the effects of photo identification requirements by comparing county-level turnout in Indiana in the 2002 and 2006 mid-term elections, since the current ID law was not in place in ‘02.
“Previous studies have examined the effects of voter ID laws more generally, but none of these separately analyzes the effects of so called ‘mandatory photo ID’ on turnout in Indiana,” Milyo said. “I examined a variety of models on voter turnout. After controlling for several factors that influence county-wide turnout, there is no consistent or statistically significant evidence that the photo ID law depressed turnout in counties with greater percentages of minority, poor or elderly voters. Contrary to conventional wisdom, turnout in Democratic-leaning counties actually increased in the wake of the new photo ID requirements, all else constant.”
American University did a survey of registered voters in Indiana, Maryland, and Mississippi looked at whether registered voters had photo IDs and found less than 0.5 percent of respondents had neither a citizenship documentation or photo ID concluded, ‘showing a photo ID as a requirement of voting does not appear to be a serious problem in any of the states’ because ‘[a]lmost all registered voters have an acceptable form of photo ID’